Are You a Teacher or Parent that is “Up” on Music Technology Trends? To Find Out, Take the Quiz

Young people are amazing. They are able to keep up with technology without even “breaking a sweat”, while the rest of us struggle with some of the “easiest” of electronic technologies (remember the days of programming the VCR? tried your luck with TIVO yet?).

The simple truth of the matter is that younger people have an advantage; they are immersed in the new technologies. They have been since birth. For the rest of us, thankfully, we have those “younger people” to explain things to us!

I have compiled a brief list of questions that contain a few of the “hot” items and “buzz” words prevalent within the music technology culture of our students. Take the quiz and see how well you have assimilated the new music technologies of our current youth.

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Instructor: Prof. Pisano

Quiz one, lesson one- Music technology used by our youth

Name: ________________________________

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1. Is “Pandora” still only associated with misery and a box in your mind?

2. Does the term “bit torrent” sound like something that was in a Star Wars movie or can you dissect it and redefine the term into something a little more current?

3. Do… “YouTube”?

4. Is a “lime wire” just a green corroded battery wire in an unused transistor radio of yours?

5. Many of your students scribble on their tests, do you know if any of them are “scrobbling?”

6. Is “ripping” something you still only do with a saw or paper product? Does it “ring” any other “tones” in your mind?

7. “last.fm”? What! are you “Sirius”?

8. Do the acronyms R.I.A.A. and D.R.M. strike fear into the hearts of your students for some law they might be breaking?

9. iPod, Zen or Zune, which do you prefer?

10. Is “napster”, just another nickname for your overly sleepy child or can you “search” a little deeper into your archives and come up with something else?

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ANSWER KEY:

1. “Pandora” is a totally free, “web 2.0″, radio service that learns what music you like by comparing your choices of music to the Music Genome Project.

2. “bit torrents” are programs that use a specific protocol to allow the sharing of music, video and other files over the Internet by dissecting them into smaller pieces and sending them in chunks.

3. “YouTube” is an extremely popular video hosting web site. You never know what or “who” you may find in a video there.

4. “Lime Wire” is a “peer to peer” file sharing client that is used to share music and other media files across the web. Lime Wire has been recently subjected to a number of law suits initiated by R.I.A.A. (see number 5).

5. “Scrobbling” is a way to track the music that you are listening and share the list with others. last.fm uses this technology extensively (see number 7).

6. “Ripping” is the process of “lifting” the music from your CDs or the video files from your DVD and recording it to your hard drive or other type of storage device. One extremely popular program for ripping is “winamp”.

“Ringtones” are one of the hottest items available for your cell phone. They are customizable sounds for your phone that are enabled when someone calls you.

7. “last.fm” is a website using “web 2.0″ technology to provide you with an online radio. This service is similar to Pandora (see number 1).

last.fm also has the ability to “scrobble” your own music and share it with others (see number 5). Incidentally, the website last.fm is known as a “domain hack”.

“Sirius” is a satellite radio company. You may purchase the service for a monthly fee. The service can be taken along with you, in your car or anywhere you have their proprietary radio hardware.

8. R.I.A.A. stand for the Recording Industry Association of America. D.R.M. stands for Digital Rights Management.

R.I.A.A. over the last few years has unleashed a tremendous amount of lawsuits against corporate and individual citizens over D.R.M. violations.

9. iPod, Zen and Zune are all portable audio players. They are currently some of the most popular, coolest and smallest devices available today. All of them can, literally, hold hundreds, if not, thousands of songs.

10. “Napster” has been around a very long time (at least in Internet years). First, it was an illegal peer to peer music sharing service (see number 4). Now it is a pay service.

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ASSESMENT:

Number correct & Analysis:

1-4 Operating e-mail properly may be a real accomplishment for you… Thankfully, you may re-take this test to get a better grade! F

5 Half right sounds better than half wrong… D

6 You just might be able to have a meaningful conversation about these things with the students! C

7 Wow! you probably own an iPod! B

8 Yeoman’s work! Now, what’s a Yeoman? A-

9 Do some of your colleagues think you to be a little geeky? A

10 You are a music technological genius! Hey! are you under 25? A+

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Hottest Technology Trends for 2012

2010 and 2011 were known as the years of the tablets and Smartphones – where the hottest technology trends were those which were dominated by the touch screens. With Apple shinning brighter than any of its counterparts with the iPhone and the iPad, the precedence was set for the rest of the tech companies to follow.

If technology trends are to be kept in sight, then 2011 was also surely the year that the cloud-based services and their potential were recognized.

So with the year almost over, the question that’s popping up in everyone’s mind is, which technology trends will define 2012?

Here are a few top choices for definitive technology trends for 2012:

1. ‘Cloud’ is here to stay!

Yes, you read that right. With Apple pushing iCloud out in the mid-October, there is much more yet to come from cloud computing. As more and more IT departments move away from the traditional sharing of resources, over to cloud services we’re seeing ever shrinking private data centers which are sure to make their mark on not just technology but businesses at every front.

Moving everything over to the internet for IT companies is also an easier choice as it gives them much more freedom to move around their data between multiple centers. Industry analysts predict that in the next couple of years, businesses are likely to ‘rent’ their servers rather than maintaining their own. Thereby making sure that this is one trend that’s here to stay.

2. Internet Television

Google did dabble into the internet TV market in early 2010, but just like Google Wave (and very recently Google+, which got rave reviews but eventually failed to make its’ mark) it flopped. Though in all honesty, the reviews for Google TV weren’t all that great but coupled with poor service and lack of interest from the public made Google table the deal for a bit.

SMB Technology Trends for 2013

Many of the trends we discussed in 2011, and saw in 2012, were pretty much spot on. Technology like mobility, tablet style endpoints, cloud computing, big data, and virtualization were big in 2012. Even with the languishing U.S. economy, IT spending among the SMB subsector was slightly up for the bulk of 2012. That being said, what IT solutions will the typical SMB entity be putting hard-earned capital into for the next 12 months? For that we’ll turn to the leader on all things IT, Gartner Inc.

In early November, Research Vice President Robert P. Anderson discussed upcoming technology trends with a specific focus on the SMB space and revealed several interesting statistics. According to Anderson, “of all global IT spend, 44% is in the SMB category.” (Anderson, 2012) I must point out that Gartner classifies organizations with 1,000 or less employees as small or mid-sized; a further break down groups companies with 100 or less employees as small business and 101-999 as mid-market businesses. Unfortunately, there is no standardization on what really comprises a small or mid-sized business and the definitions vary across the board. Anderson listed the top three business drivers in the SMB space as “increasing growth, attracting and retaining customers, and creating new products and services.” (Anderson, 2012) Not too dissimilar with the trends for 2012, right? Anderson goes on, “the top five predicted technology items on the SMB purchase radar include mobile technologies, analytics and business intelligence, cloud computing, desktop server and storage virtualization, and collaboration technologies.” (Anderson, 2012) Other technology trends in the mix include modernization of legacy systems and applications, upgraded security hardware and software systems, and customer relationship management (CRM) applications.

Upon closer look, mobility is essential for all the micro businesses that are springing up as a result of several iterations of this recession. For many of these entities, technology as a consumable resource is vital because these organizations don’t have cash on hand to procure expensive office space and all the accompanying utility requirements. These small businesses need to be agile to gain market share and acceptance, so mobile technologies are critical to making this happen. With the increased deployment of mobile devices comes the surge of headaches with managing it especially as you look at the companies with more than 20-30 employees. This is where rapid growth in something called mobile device management (MDM) is making major inroads and will continue to do so in 2013.

Increasingly, employees want to bring their own devices into company operated network environments, so additional considerations are necessary. Generally speaking, MDM systems allow for the management of worker-owned endpoints such as an iPhone, iPad, or Galaxy Tab. As workers use their personal devices for work functions, additional concerns arise as these devices are not controlled, company-owned equipment. What happens if an employee leaves the organization? What if someone gets their hands on the device with malicious intent? What if the device is lost? What happens to all the company data on the device? Some of these issues are similar in regard to company issued laptops and other mobile devices, but it gets more complicated when equipment is not in the organization’s inventory. MDM enables organizations to manage employee owned and/or company owned devices. Functionality includes but is not limited to GPS tracking, remote locking, and remote wiping of corporate data from the endpoint without disturbing private data such as photos. MDM will continue to make large inroads in 2013; however, price and support could remain a concern.

Business Intelligence and analytics have been staples of the enterprise space for a long time. What exacerbates this issue is something called “big data” which is essentially massive amounts of data (structured and unstructured), and is difficult to organize and report on through either standard spreadsheets or database software. This has not been an issue for the majority of SMB organizations, but there is a need for those larger SMB entities that use up to a petabyte of data or over 1,000 terabytes.

Other trends that are here to stay are cloud computing and virtualization. In some ways, the cloud will be the method of choice for application delivery and access for many SMBs. The ability to take advantage of these once enterprise only technologies, without building out redundant data centers or acquiring expensive hardware and software, makes the cloud a very attractive option. Virtualization will accelerate with this shift making shared resources in a colocation space possible. While much of the virtualization work in the SMB space, to this point, has been on the server side, 2013 will usher in the new age of the virtual desktop.

This subset of the virtualization platform allows for a simple, easy to control user experience regardless of the chosen endpoint. An organization can customize the desktop experience for each user therefore lessening the need for full PC clients to run company applications. Lower cost options such as thin client terminals with no onboard storage or operating system can be used to do everything an end-user may need. This configuration also lends well to security functionality as less corporate information sits on individual, and sometimes vulnerable, computers.

Finally, collaboration becomes a concern as mobility is added to the mix. When multiple employees work remotely, it can be difficult to synchronize documents, workflows, or other application outputs. Thus, collaboration applications make sense as a growth area for the SMB. Take for example a group I’ve recently spoken to that produces conferences all across the country. They have no formal office space, and are often in different cities on any particular day. Sure, making a phone call is one way to communicate, but if you are trying to share documents and other information with a colleague across the country, it can be a challenge. At the very least, the ability to “check out” materials and create versions that are stored centrally would be invaluable to this organization, and Microsoft’s SharePoint application is built to do just that. Microsoft’s SharePoint application also has a cloud-based option for small business which makes it both user friendly and budget friendly.

As you can see, there is a great many solutions in the hopper for the SMB market space in 2013. According to Anderson, predictions for the coming year include “that tablet computing in the SMB market will outpace that of the enterprise space, desktop virtualization will finally take off, and mobile connectivity to business applications will rise about 25% from 2012 in the SMB toolkit.” (Anderson, 2012) There is a thought that the flagging economy and unyielding unemployment numbers in the US will lead to an explosion of a micro-SMB marketplace; entrepreneurs who strike out on their own or form small organizations of between two and five people. This fact would further push the adoption of cloud applications which are rising much faster in the micro-SMB market than in any other segment. In this day and age, being the trusted technology partner is a win-win for everyone concerned, so focusing on this relationship will go a long way towards enhancing the recovery for all parties in the future.

Emerging Technology Trends and Business Opportunities for Solution/Service Providers

The business landscape is changing due to rapid technology changes. Innovation, technology and product life cycles are getting shortened; business use cases and application scenarios are changing swiftly due to globalization and technology integration. Organizations need to be flexible to quickly adapt to these emerging trends and be nimble to respond to changing market dynamics.

Emerging technology trends such as Software Defined everything, Object Storage, Flash, Cloud, Converged Infrastructure, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), Internet of Things, Big Data analytics etc. are becoming more and more relevant with the emergence of multiple data streams. These innovative trends are transformational and are likely to shape the future.

Trends and Opportunities:

1. Software defined everything

Software defined everything will result in true interoperability standards, forcing individual technology suppliers to abandon working in silos with proprietary standards. Service providers can only offer value if they have the capability to offer all the constituents of computing, storage and network.

Some of the opportunities for solution/service providers include:

• Software Defined Storage (SDS)
• Supporting software defined storage applications from leading storage vendors
• Support these SDS products to extend them to other platforms and make them feature rich, enable integration with other ecosystems etc.
• Building test strategy, tools and frameworks and various types of testing opportunities
• Software Defined Networking (SDN)
• Network orchestration and automation, manage and implement SDN in enterprise data center
• Professional services such as Network Function Virtualization (NFV) implementation consulting or SDN and NFV testing for telecom vendors

2. Flash

Flash technology will definitely show an uptick in the 3-5 year horizon. One has to stay invested in terms of money, time. There may not be much of immediate progress in Flash adoption by enterprises due to the prohibitive cost, stable legacy set up, evolving enterprise features. Hence, most enterprises are still in the experimental phase, but there are lots of business opportunities.

The below trends represent some of the opportunities for solution/service providers:

• Most flash players are start-ups and would like to keep core work in-house and outsource peripheral activities
• Immense product engineering opportunities will lie with the big industry players in the form of testing wherein they plan to move products from existing legacy to all flash based platforms
• Flash storage OEMs are consuming PCIe based cards, AHCI and NVMe interface and most of these solutions are targeted towards cloud service providers

3. Object storage

Enterprises are inspired by the Internet companies’ adoption of object storage. Demand for object storage is driven by big data challenges of storing and analyzing a huge amount of data to provide value to the business.

Factors driving growth of object storage

• amassed unstructured data
• ease of accessibility via HTTP and SMTP protocols and REST APIs
• growing trend of organizations building their private or hybrid clouds
• software-defined storage (SDS) approach

Some of the opportunities for solution/service providers include:

• Ongoing integration of newer versions of OpenStack swift with existing storage products
• Mergers and acquisitions happening in the object storage industry, which will result into new product acquisitions by large storage vendors. This opens up product integration opportunities for service providers

4. OpenStack

OpenStack is moving beyond the early adoption as more and more enterprises and service providers are moving towards its adoption. Telecom space will drive growth for OpenStack. Openstack is the main driver for NFV thus helping it to become a reality.

Some opportunities for solution/service providers include:

• Provide storage vendors to enable their storage for OpenStack
• Help enterprises setup their OpenStack cloud, offer professional services
• Large storage vendors are building platforms with OpenStack using proprietary underlying infrastructure. It opens up integration and automation opportunities

5. Server SAN

Server SAN is poised to disrupt traditional storage architectures over the next decade. It involves sharing and distributing storage across multiple nodes. It is an architecture that turns multiple direct-attached storage (DAS) devices into a pool of shared resources via a high-speed interconnection such as InfiniBand or Low-latency Ethernet.

Some of the Server SAN solutions include EMC ScaleIO, VMware’s VSAN, and Quantum StorNext. One needs to follow this trend and see which of the existing solution gains momentum and is likely to emerge as a front runner.

6. BYOD

Businesses are implementing BYOD to save costs on software and hardware or to address the expectations of their mobile workforce. Provisioning of all of these devices is a Herculean task.

Some of the opportunities for solution and service providers include:

• Solution accelerators and automation frameworks in area of desktop virtualization, image management, Content collaboration and Bring Your Own PC solutions
• In mobile cloud era, the user is increasingly beginning to rely on endpoints, devices with very limited processing power, smaller screens, maybe no keyboard which makes manageability an area to explore.

7. Hyper/Converged Infrastructure

Massive improvements in processing power are driving converged infrastructure trend and reason for quicker adoption of it by data centers. All major infrastructure providers are moving towards the converged space. Many industry players are competing for significant market share in converged infrastructure space to uproot legacy installed base or protect own share of the market pie. It includes majors such as HP, EMC, IBM, Cisco, Dell, Microsoft, Intel, VMware, VCE and start-ups like Scale Computing, SimpliVity and Nutanix.

There are two trends emerging:

• Hyper-converged Infrastructure – One vendor builds an entire infrastructure by taking all the various pieces that make up a traditional infrastructure in the market today and put it in a box. It is entirely seamless.

• Converged infrastructure – Vendor takes the fundamental pieces of storage, network, compute and server virtualization, possibly from different companies, perhaps put a management layer on top of it to make the deployment and the management of those pieces easier and make them operate as a whole.

Opportunities for solution/service providers are in the area of consulting, design, implementation, and management services related to private and hybrid cloud deployments.

8. Internet of Things (IoT)

Other related terms for IoT used by industry giants are Industrial Internet by GE, Internet of Everything (IoE) by Cisco, and Smart Planet by IBM.

IoT is being driven by a huge increase in data volumes collected from various types of sensors deployed by business, and business benefits provided by the analysis of sensor data.

9. Big Data Analytics

There will be competition to develop optimized cloud platforms which can leverage real-time data streams and/or massive data as enterprises look for varied data sources as well as applications that help them to get insightful information about the markets, customers, and products.

Opportunity for solution/service providers to offer Big Data implementation and analytics outsourcing services is huge. Some of the opportunities include:

• Professional services related to big data like data migration among platforms, maintenance etc.
• Opportunities such as Big Data technology implementation, including data collection, integration and designing of Big Data architecture etc.
• Log and sensor analytics are also gaining traction as very insightful information can be drawn using them. It opens up opportunity for data science specialists.

10. Cloud Computing

Cloud promises a growth on every front be it IaaS, SaaS, PaaS or customized security.

Businesses are adopting a cloud-based infrastructure due to the upsurge of Hybrid cloud architectures which include an amalgamation of private and public clouds

Platform as a Service (PaaS) solutions allows businesses to lower IT costs. It speeds up application development through more efficient testing and deployment.

Security policies need renewed attention with cloud-based applications are growing and taking over businesses. Hence there is increased demand for security solutions to bring new exemplars of security to the cloud.

Some of the opportunity areas for solution/service providers can be:

• PaaS enablement services, application re-engineering and migration services, assessment, advisory services etc.
• Consulting services requiring strategic direction and guidance in a broad range of areas which will help organizations to migrate critical systems and infrastructure to the cloud

The pace at which technology is driving the change is phenomenal. It is inspiring new business strategies across industries. Organizations are embracing technology to draw meaningful insights from their operations and leveraging it to explore growth and revenue opportunities.

The trend is turning into a demanding environment where companies are seeking more returns from their technology investments. This represents a unique opportunity for solution/service providers wherein they can help companies maximize their return on investment through their offerings.

Technology Trends That Will Dominate 2017: Big Data, IoT, AWS and AI

Technology has remarkably changed the way we live today, there is no denial to it. Compared with our ancestors, we stand far away from them in using different technologies for our day-to-day works.

So many technologies are developed in the past couple of years that have revolutionized our lives, and it’s impossible to list each of them. Though technology changes fast with time, we can observe the trends in which it changes. Last year, 2016 had bought so many fresh innovative ideas and creations towards automation and integration etc., and this year 2017 is expected to continue the similar kind of trend.

In this article, we are going to discuss some of the notable trends for this year, which will make us look beyond the horizon.

Gartner’s 2016 Hype Cycle for emerging technologies have identified different technologies that will be trending this year. The cycle illustrates the fact how technology innovations are redefining the relations between the customer and marketer.

This year, Gartner has identified Blockchains, Connected Homes, Cognitive Expert Advisors, Machine Learning, Software-defined Security etc. as the overarching technology trends, which have the potential of reshaping the business models and offering enterprises the definite route to emerging markets and ecosystems.

#1. Blockchain

Popularly known as ‘Distributed Ledger Technology’ for both financial and non-financial transactions, is one of the mystifying concepts that technologists could only understand to the fullest. Various advancements in blockchain have helped many people and more businesses in 2016, to experience its potential in banking and finance industry. This year, it is anticipated that blockchain technology would go beyond just banking sector, helping the start-ups and established businesses to address the market needs with different application offerings.

#2. Internet of Things & Smart Home Tech

With the advent of IoT, we are already eyeing the world of inter-connected things, aren’t we? Our dreams of living in smart homes are met to a certain extent in 2016. So, what is stopping us from fulfilling our dreams of living in smart connected homes?

Well, the fact is that the market is full of abundant individual appliances and apps, but only a little amount of solutions integrate them into a single, inclusive user experience. It is anticipated that 2017 will notice this trend to undergo a big step towards fulfilling our dreams.

#3. Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

In the recent times, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning have taken the entire world by storm with its amazing inventions and innovative technologies. By observing the on-going advancements in this field, it will be no longer an imagination to experience the world where robots and machine will dominate the society.

Last year, we have witnessed the rise of ML algorithms on almost all major e-commerce portals and its associated mobile apps, which is further expected to spread across on all social networking platforms, dating websites, and matrimonial websites in 2017.

#4. Software-defined Security

In 2016, we have observed a significant growth for increased server security. Many organizations have started recognizing the significance of cybersecurity to enable their move of emerging as digital businesses. The growth of cloud-based infrastructure is causing a great demand for managing unstructured data, and moreover, the lack of technical expertise and threat to data security, are the key factors hindering the substantial growth of software-defined security market this year.

#5. Automation

Automation will be the mainstay throughout 2017, the coming years will be transformative for IT industry, enabling the automation of human performed tasks. When Machine Learning is combined with automation, the marketers are likely to witness wide business opportunities with enriched market results.

#6. Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR)

AR and VR transform the way users interact with each other and software systems. The year 2016 has experienced path-breaking steps in AR and VR technology.

With the launch of Oculus Rift, the market had received an overwhelming response from the users, making way to a plethora of VR-based apps and games. Further, when Pokémon Go was released, it has completely re-defined the definition of gaming experience. It was one of the most profitable and downloaded the mobile application of 2016.

The response AR and VR technology has received last year was farfetched, and it forecasts that the world is ready to adopt this trend to the next levels in 2017.

#7. On-Demand Services

From the last few years, the global market has been experiencing a great response for on-demand services. Thanks to the start-ups like Uber, Twiggy etc. that started the fleet of offering on-demand cab services and food delivery services on just a few clicks. This trend has triggered the development of various mobile apps, offering multiple on-demand services on the fingertips. Though these services were limited to definite regions, it is forecast that it will reach to maximum locations in 2017.

#8. Intelligent Apps

Intelligent apps include technologies using personal digital assistants (PDAs) that have the caliber of transforming the workplace into more interactive, with effective communication. Using AI technology, service providers will concentrate on the autonomous business processes that will utilize the big data tools to the fullest, towards enhanced customer experience levels.

#9. Humanized Big Data (Visual, Empathetic, Qualitative)

From the last couple of years, Big Data has been the great topic and have created a large buzz in the global market. The intent is that mass amounts of collected data – which we have access to – can assist us in every little thing i.e. from planning advanced medical treatments to deploying exceptional business promotion strategies.

Big data’s biggest strength is its quantitative and numerical foundation, which is also a major weakness. By experiencing the success Donald Trump had in USA elections, there arises a big question mark on the Big Data analysis and its practice in decision making. It is anticipated that big data in 2017 will undergo major advancements, which will help the marketers to humanize and seek empathetic, qualitative bits of data for projecting it in a more visualized manner.

What do you think of these emerging trends?

Most of us know that making assumptions is generally a puzzling feat, but to literally predict something related to future technology in a course of a year time is a futile exercise. There may be additions to the above-listed trends, but the ones mentioned are most likely to draw market attention in 2017. This forecast will certainly help the marketers to plan their future business strategies and to deploy right resources who are having proven expertise in these technologies.